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Alumna Sandra Kavaya – How I benefited from Career Development Services

As I came towards the end of my studies in 2016, I began looking for opportunities to kick start my accounting career, just like any other job seeker.

After several unsuccessful attempts in my job search, I approached the Career Development Services (CDS) office at Strathmore University for a CV review and assistance through their placement service. Later on I received an email alert from the CDS team that my CV had been forwarded to Pathologist Lancet Kenya (PLK) for an internship position. PLK got in touch and invited me for an interview for the position of a Credit Controller. The interview was successful and I braced myself for the real world. This was one month before my graduation, an amazing opportunity.

I started off as an intern in May 2016, though in reality, I worked just like any other employee and was confirmed for employment after successfully completing the probation period.

My job entails; preparing client statements of Account; invoicing clients; handling their questions and complaints; and debt collection once service is rendered.

Due to the nature of the job, I have learnt the value of punctuality, interacting with people of different personalities, proper business communication skills, attention to details especially with emails, listening and being able to solve problems professionally. As an employee, there is a great sense of responsibility both to myself and to the Strathmore brand I represent.

Nothing is without challenges. The job is very demanding and calls for a lot of self-discipline, resilience and patience, especially in debt recovery. Due to poor financial management, collecting debts can be a challenging journey but as I learnt the tactics, I have been able to manage it.

To my fellow alumni and students, I encourage you to get in touch with CDS offices for your career related issues. The office plays a pivotal role in bridging the gap between us and employers and is a great resource uniquely found in our University. Take advantage of the career fairs organized, CV reviews conducted, and interview skills training offered. Time moves fast and before long you realize you are out here looking for employment, but with poor job search skills.

Albert Einstein once said ”In the middle of every difficulty lays opportunity.” Look for the opportunity in your difficulty and leverage on it. Your first job might not be your dream job (which is the case for most people) but be positive, stay focused, start small, build your portfolio, explore opportunities at hand and keep your dreams alive. You will surely get there.

*Placement Service – Your qualifications are matched to a client’s job requirement request and your CV forwarded to the client who then shortlists and calls candidates for interviewing.


Sandra KavayaBachelor of Commerce – Accounting option 2016 graduate | CPA finalist